Mountain-Style Luxury Pampering
Park City, Utah: No ski town rivals Park City for sheer decadence — the home of the star-studded Sundance Film Festival has five top-tier luxury resort hotels: the Waldorf Astoria park city, Montage deer valley, Sky Lodge, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and St. Regis Deer valley. Each has a world-class spa, including an outpost of the golden Door at the Waldorf, while The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge was just voted the No. 1 spa in the mainland U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Each of these resorts also has one or more notable fine dining venues, several more line Park City’s Main Street, and if all this is not enough, the town is also home to an enormous collection of luxury rental homes, with personal chefs for hire.
Courchevel, France: No ski town on earth has more Michelin stars, with seven honored eateries, three two-stars and four one-stars nestled among the three glamorous villages at different altitudes. Famed Parisian three-star winner Pierre Gagniare, one of the most decorated chefs alive, also operates a winter-only seasonal upscale restaurant here. For lodging to rival its gastronomy, Courchevel has a dozen hotels earning France’s five-star rating including the decadent HÔtel de Charme Les Airelles with its custom Hermès-designed horse-drawn carriage and $50,000-per-night private chalet.
Hidden Gem: Stowe, Vermont: The past few years have seen a renaissance in one of the nation’s oldest ski towns, with a new gondola connecting the two ski mountains for the first time ever and the opening of a new slopeside luxury hotel, the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Two others, Topnotch and Stoweflake resorts, both undertook major
upgrades, and now all three boast high-end spas and excellent restaurants focused on regional and largely organic New England ingredients.